eMusic Review 0
Wilder emerged in the post-punk era as the first "adult" indie act out of Nashville, a sort of nerdy, thinking-man's alternative to Jason and the Scorchers. His tight band, with guitarist Donny Roberts supplying the chicken-fried Chuck Berry licks, played crisp, twangabilly rock that was tuff enuff to keep him from becoming camp, which he was often on the verge of doing. First released on vinyl in 1987, Wilder's debut consisted of 12 songs, five recorded live at Nashville's Exit/In. The first CD reissue added four tracks, and this expanded version features six more from the original Exit/In live set. The album, in both its original and expanded versions, offers a nice balance of producer R.S. Fields 'original songs ("How Long Can She Last") and spaghetti-western instrumentals ("Ruff Rider"), rockabilly revivals (" Johnny Burnette's "Rock Therapy") and contemporary alt-country (Steve Earle's "Devil's Right Hand"). Though his fans have never reached a consensus as to which album was Webb's best, this is probably it.